What’s Your Architectural Style?

When you first decided that you wanted to build a log home or timber frame home, you may not have considered what style of log home you would prefer. Log homes don’t all look the same, just because they are constructed out of wood.  Here are some plans that illustrate how a log home can be designed using different architectural styles.

Craftsman

Wood River Craftsman Style Home

The Craftsman style sprang from the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. The emphasis was on simple forms with complex finishes.

Features generally include:

  • Low horizontal pitched roofs
  • Use of pergolas or porches
  • Exposed rafter tails
  • Timber truss work at eaves
  • Window banding

AdirondackHudson Adirondack Style Log Home
Beginning in the 1880’s New York City’s wealthiest residents began to build upscale hunting and vacation retreats within the Adirondack Range. These luxurious and imaginative homes sparked a building trend that continues today.Features of Adirondack homes include:

  • Rustic logs and siding
  • Twig or herringbone guardrails
  • Roofs with log overhangs
  • Multiple roofs and levels
  • Covered or screened porches
  • Asymmetrical, rambling design

French Country

Greenbrier French Country Design


For those who prefer a timber or log home with a sense of romantic charm, a French Country inspired design might be perfect.  Traditionally European country-side estates were built by artisans who used the local materials available. Today’s French Country designs continue the look by using mixed materials in their construction.

The elements of a French Country home may include:

  • Elliptical or arched windows
  • Use of hipped roofs and gables
  • Narrow overhangs
  • Stone accents
  • Steeper roof pitches
  • Courtyards

NorthwestPort Townsend Northwestern Style DesignAs one of the newest styles, Northwestern homes have a distinctively modern appeal.  These designs have clean,  straightforward lines and use natural materials, like log and timber, for construction. A main focus is to blend the design with the home’s natural landscape.

Architectural features include:

  • Deep overhangs and large windows
  • Extensive outdoor living areas that flow from the interior
  • High windows to let in sunlight
  • Prominent use of wood
  • Eclectic mixture of natural materials

Western Log & TimberBig Sky Western Log Home Style

Traditional ideas of log homes are generally categorized under the Western Log and Timber style.  These homes are designed to take advantage of mountain vistas and sprawling valleys.  Whether a rustic cabin or a captivating lodge, these homes helped to define the American West.

Features often included are:

  • Expansive casement windows for unobstructed views
  • Rustic, large-scale elements
  • Sprawling design that stretch across the landscape
  • Thick roof systems
  • Large, open great rooms

AppalachianBlue Ridge Appalachian Style Log HomeAppalachian style homes reflect the simplicity of life in the mid-1,600’s. These log homes are generally more casual and designed for relaxed entertaining. Often these homes have been or look like they were added on to, over multiple generations.

Other feature example are:

  • Stone chimneys
  • Rough-sawn or hand-hewn timbers
  • Functionally simplistic design
  • Use of shed dormers
  • Unobtrusive, rustic style

ChaletTorino Chalet Style DesignThe idea of log or timber cottages in the Alps bring to mind the idea of a Chalet style log home or timber home.  Originally these homes were designed to withstand snow loads, and stand out amongst the snow, and now they include specialized ski rooms and saunas.

Features include:

  •  Decorative trim and fascia
  • Cantilevered decks on upper levels
  • Shutters with decorative cut-outs
  • Double-hung windows
  • Scroll-sawn railings and eaves

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